Veteran Center Signed by Atlanta Hawks in Free Agency

Veteran Center Signed by Atlanta Hawks in Free Agency

NBA free agent centre Frank Kaminsky and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a one-year contract.

The Atlanta Hawks have already made a major impression this offseason by trading for All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, and they now plan to use free agency to bolster the rest of their squad.

They added more depth on Friday, this time in the frontcourt by signing seasoned centre Frank Kaminsky to a one-year contract, as originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

He was the 9th Overall Pick in 2015

After being named the National College Player of the Year at Wisconsin and becoming a unanimous All-American, Kaminsky, 29, was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 9th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The now seven-year NBA veteran, who played in college, assisted in leading Wisconsin over the 38-0 Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four to go to the National Championship game in 2015.

Prior to the start of the 2019–20 season, Kaminsky signed a multiyear contract with the Phoenix Suns after playing with the Hornets for four seasons. He has played in Phoenix for the past three NBA seasons.

Frank Kaminsky has participated in 377 games throughout the course of his career, scoring 9.4 points per contest, pulling down 4.1 rebounds, and shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Due to a right patella stress fracture that forced him to miss much of the 2021–22 season with the Phoenix Suns, Kaminsky was just dismissed by the organisation in April.

After Joining The Hawks

After Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu in the frontcourt, Kaminsky will now play on the Atlanta Hawks’ bench. The Hawks sought to acquire a third centre for depth when Gorgui Dieng left to join the San Antonio Spurs, and they have finally done so.

Given his ability to stretch the floor and step out on the perimeter, Frank Kaminsky ought to be able to contribute at some point during the 2022–23 season, if he can stay healthy.

With the Suns last season, Kaminsky played only nine games before he was sidelined indefinitely due to a stress reaction in his right knee. He will be signed for the veteran minimum. Kaminsky underwent surgery and is now doing well. He will provide the Hawks’ front court even more depth.

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